Last Man Out by Mike Lupica Book Review
Dear Mike Lupica,
I love all your books, especially “The Last Man Out.” I also love “Fantasy League” but it doesn’t relate to me as much as “Last Man Out.” First off, football is my favorite sport to read. Second off, I love books that I can relate to and that put me on a cliffhanger at the end of every chapter, so that is why your books are perfect for me!
“The Last Man Out” is one of my favorite books of all time because I can relate to it and because it has so much action and suspense. I love to play football both on a school team and backyard football. I also loved how you combined college and pop warner teams giving it two different leagues and creating variety. The story itself though had lots of great parts giving me suspense and had me anxious to keep reading when I had to stop, which impressed me since I haven’t read another author’s book that gives me both things. The biggest part of the story that gave me suspense was pages 212 and 213 when Tommy was skateboarding behind a bus and went into the road. I also love it because it is the only book I can relate to personally. When Tommy lost his dad, he felt empty because he lost someone who was everything to him. I was touched by the book because I have recently lost my grandpa, someone who was everything to me, he went to all my sports games, taught me how to live my life, and he was my best friend. I was so touched that when I got to pages 21, 22, and 23 I had almost cried because it was so similar to my life. I could feel Tommy’s pain in my heart. Also on top of that, I have had my sports career affected when I hurt my knee and broke my arm. I guess you could say that I and Tommy are twins!
That is just what I think of the story, but now I am going to show you how it changed my view of the world. First, it showed me that through all the struggles, you can still come out on top. Just look at Tommy, the whole book he was struggling with the death of his dad, but he still pulled through and helped the Bears win! Also, this just shows me how dangerous the world is and how special I am to not have to worry about some struggles others have. Between the death of Tommy’s dad and how the Gallagher’s reacted to it shows how badly people suffer from struggles and problems. The story also surprisingly changed the way I see football. The story showed me how football is like a rollercoaster, it goes up and down with all sorts of surprises! From the bad penalty call in chapter twelve to the interception in chapter thirteen, but most of all the defensive call and fumble recovery the Bears made to win the championship in chapter forty-one. As I said before Tommy and I are like twins, stars on and off the field, I have never been able to relate to a character as much as Tommy Gallagher, monster back, every quarterback’s worst nightmare.
So to wrap it all up, thank you. I say thank you because not only have you written one of the most heartfelt best books of all time, but you have also written enough books to do all my school reading assignments on! I can’t wait to read your next book!
Keep up the great work!